Things To Do in Corolla NC

Details On All Things to Do in Corolla NC

Looking for something to do beyond the beach? Corolla’s recreation scene tends to focus mostly on beautiful Mother Nature, as any respectable thing to do in the Outer Banks should. One of the most popular Corolla NC thing to do is to take a tour to see the Corolla wild horses in their natural habitats. Another top Corolla recreation is going on a kayak outing to see the natural wonders of this area from a backwaters perspective — it’s quiet and unhurried and settles the soul. As with all Outer Banks NC recreation, fishing is huge here, so much so that you’ll see an entire section devoted to that addictive activity. However you don't have to be an avid outdoorsman (or woman) to enjoy Corolla NC things to do. Taking a step into the past by exploring the historic village of Corolla and marveling at the breathtaking views from the lighthouse are more than satisfying way to experience the area. 

But if you have your shoes all laced up and are ready for some real action, Corolla’s things to do offer first-rate tennis courts and a fitness center, screaming go-carts, an 18-hole links course, a climbing wall, Segway tours, putt putt golf courses and hikes in a nearby nature sanctuary or just along some of Corolla’s village lanes.

It can be debated whether the premier Outer Banks thing to do is surfing or nightlife (though some would argue it’s actually shopping), but either persuasion is sufficiently supported here. Surf shops provide advise, lessons and gear. And, while Corolla’s nightlife scene isn’t as multi-faceted as that found a bit farther south, you can definitely relax with the perfect martini and live tunes.

Things to Do in Corolla NC by Location or Category

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

1159-H Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 453-6141

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours' highly trained staff has a great reputation for being entertaining and informative. Their tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history to complement the sightseeing while showering you with interesting lore. In the four-wheel-drive area you’ll see the Corolla wild horses grazing in their natural habitat and the occasional deer and surfing dolphins. Back Beach tours are given in safari-style,... read more

Back Country 4x4 & Kayak Safari

Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks takes place in the remote northern waterways of the Currituck Sound near the Virginia border. Back Country’s unique 4x4 & Kayak Safari carries small groups and families by custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of off-road beach, dune and sand trail to paddle from the private Spanish Mustang Preserve where they have... read more

Back Country Segway Safari

Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Segways look like so much fun that when you see people gliding around Corolla on them, you’ll want to try one too. The Segway is a two-wheeled electric vehicle that’s a blast to ride. It’s so easy it seems the Segway was made just for you. At Back Country Segway Safari, located at the Corolla Light Town Center in Corolla, you can choose a gliding... read more

Back Country Wild Horse Safari

Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Scott Trabue’s Wild Horse Safari is an off-road eco-adventure that will deliver you and your family directly to the wild Spanish mustangs that have thrived on the northern Outer Banks for nearly 500 years. Your naturalist guide will carry you in custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of beaches, dune and backcountry sand lanes to discover the Outer Banks’ unique wildlife. Shore life including... read more

Beach Braids Hair Wraps & Henna

791 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-0310
1171 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3769
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 441-6970

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo. Beach Braids is the only Outer Banks shop offering natural henna tattoos in addition to Jagua tattoos, all 100% plant based and brown or blue/black in color. All three Beach Braids locations have a Mendhi artist on staff during peak season. This store also sells custom, handmade hemp jewelry. Appointments or... read more

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

817-B Ocean Trail, Highway 12, Corolla
(252) 453-8602

Bob White is a legend in the horse tour business! He and his highly trained staff have been offering tours since 1996 with a great reputation for being both entertaining and informative. Bob’s tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history and interesting lore to complement the sightseeing. In the four-wheel-drive area you’ll see the horses grazing in their natural habitat, often along with... read more

Corolla Raceway

796 Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-9100

The Corolla Raceway features one large track running single, double and junior go carts. For the tamer ones in your crowd, there are freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars. The on-site arcade is a hit with the kids, and the ospreys in the nest overlooking the track are a hit with everyone. The Raceway is open April through September.

Corolla Watersports and Corolla Parasail

798 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-6900

Corolla Watersports and Corolla Parasail is the longest-running watersports company on the northern Outer Banks, and they’ve got you covered no matter what type of adventure you’re looking for. From rentals of Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks and standup paddleboards to parasailing trips that can take as many as three people up in the air at one time, you’ll find all kinds of ways to explore... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Museum

1129 Corolla Village Road, Corolla
(252) 453-8002

Housed within a historic home in Corolla Village, the free Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum shares the wonderful history and legacy of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs. Descendants of Spanish Mustangs brought to our island nearly 500 years ago, they are a hardy and majestic breed that is teetering on the brink of extinction. At the museum the whole family can learn more from their knowledgeable... read more

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

1210 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 207-0511

Corolla Wild Horse Tours has been guiding tours to Corolla’s horse country — the four-wheel-drive-only beaches north of Corolla — since 1996. With these experienced and knowledgeable guides, you can sit back and enjoy a comfortable, family-oriented tour. This company uses 15-passenger, open-air safari-style trucks that are safe for any age, including kids in car seats. Along the trip, your guide will tell you about... read more

Island Revolution Surf Co. and Gear Rentals

1159 Austin Street, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla
(252) 453-9484

Shop at Island Revolution for beach lifestyle clothing, equipment and accessories. Along with quality surfboards and skateboards, they carry clothing and accessories for men and women from brands like O’Neill, Billabong, Dakine, RVCA, Reef, Soul Flower, Katin and Sanuk — plus a great selection of killer shades from Von Zipper, Blue Planet, Electric and more. You can also find specialty jewelry items from All Washed... read more

Just For the Beach Rentals

501 Old Stoney Road, Corolla
(252) 453-9388
1177 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 299-5854
1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-9480
Additional KDH Phone Number
(252) 441-6048
Additional Corolla Phone Number
(252) 453-6106
General toll free
(866) 629-7368

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available for rent, the sit-on-top style, for single, double or triple paddlers. Or if you want to leave your car behind, you can make like a local and pedal around town on one of their comfortable beach cruisers (cruisers are available for all ages) or go for a long ride on... read more